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Wildcats Earn Baseball America Honors

Baseball America magazine announced its annual All-America teams on Tuesday, and a pair of University of Arizona players made the cut.

Sophomore right-hander/designated hitter Ben Diggins was selected to the first team, snagging the team's two-way player spot, while junior shortstop Keoni DeRenne was named a third team All-American.

This is the second All-America honor of the season for Diggins, who was named a Collegiate Baseball second team All-American last month. Diggins claimed the utility spot on the team after hitting .336 (41-for-122) with nine home runs and 34 RBI. As a right-handed pitcher, Diggins had a 10-4 record with a 3.83 earned run average in 17 games. He pitched 112 2/3 innings and struck out 127 opposing batters.

DeRenne was an All-Pac-10 first-team selection this year after hitting .362 and starting each of the Cats' 53 games. He was second on the team in hits with 72 and had 44 RBI. He also tallied seven homeruns and 12 doubles on the year.

Both players were taken in the Major League Baseball draft earlier in June.

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